Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) in North County has provided more than 12,000 bed nights for parents and children seeking emergency shelter from domestic violence. HVH is operated by the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) and provides safe shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and assistance in finding a permanent home.

CCS advocates meet with each person to discuss her or his immediate needs, describe CCS services, what to expect at the shelter, and safety plans. The goal is to provide education, resources, support, and encouragement to help a person move from victim to survivor.

The HVH Auxiliary helps provide basic needs for these survivors and uses funds from an annual fundraiser to do so. Please save the date for this year’s fundraiser, which will be on Saturday, Nov. 3.

CCS operates the only 24-hour toll free countywide hotline line for crisis intervention and information referrals related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in San Diego. All calls are free and confidential. Anyone wanting to just talk through their current situation or obtain a referral for help is encouraged to call 1-888-385-4657 to talk with trained staff and volunteers.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Theatre

7th Annual Out On A Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City

Out On A Limb (OOAL) is a program that develops and produces new plays by local playwrights, and this year marks its seventh festival at the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT)! SRT is a leader in the Southern California arts community in developing and producing new plays.

The festival’s founder and artistic director, Robert May, and producers Charles and Jenn Peters share, “At Scripps Ranch Theatre we look for ways to encourage development of new works from our diverse community that draw from various themes. This year we have three OOAL first-timers and we’ve lined up three talented directors. We’re so proud to once again support area playwrights. This seventh year of the festival is sure to be one of the best!”

Monsters of the American Cinema

By Christian St. Croix

Directed by James P. Darvas

When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a black man in his late 30s, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater in Santee and a caregiver to his late husband’s white, 16-year-old son, Pup. Both are enamored with classic monster movies, and their relationship is warm and witty but not without strain.

Pup suffers from night terrors, while Remy struggles to raise a teen he doesn’t always understand. Their connection is tested when Remy learns Pup is bullying a classmate—a boy who paints his nails. Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.

Desert Oasis Garden Club

By Gabino Cabanilla

Directed by Don Loper

Marge lives in a 55+ retirement community. She is alone and her deceased husband has left her with enormous debt. Can she afford to live where she is? How will she pay for health care, food, and everyday expenses? Her two BFFs have a creative solution to help Marge’s financial woes. They invite her to join the Desert Oasis Garden Club. With hypocrisy and humor, this play explores the importance of family and friends and embracing one of Mother Nature’s botanical gifts.


By Salomon Maya

Directed by Hannah Logan

Valerie and Brad have the perfect house, perfect marriage, and perfect life. In the not too distant future, revolutionary technology will allow Valerie and Brad to build the perfect son. Yet as this happy couple begin choosing the traits for their child, they realize that perfection, or the pursuit of it, might very well disrupt the very symbiotic relationship they fought so hard to maintain.

The festival runs from Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 22, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. The pieces will be performed festival style, in a rotating schedule throughout the run. Tickets are $20 with discounts for season ticket holders. For ticket information, call the box office at 858-578-7728, or go to www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Summer Reading Program!

The popular and free Summer Reading Program continues until Wednesday, Aug. 1. Kids, teens, and adults can sign up at www.SanDiego.gov/SummerReading or ask a staff member for help and start logging books or hours read.

Ten books or ten hours read earn you a prize, which you can pick up at the library beginning on Monday, July 2. Prizes vary by age group, while supplies last.

Children’s Programs

Join us for Summer Reading Performances, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), every Thursday in July from 3 to 4 pm and on a special Saturday morning. Have you ever watched a magician perform a trick and wondered how it was done or wondered why a science experiment worked? Sometimes it seems there’s not much difference between magic and science. Come explore on Thursday, July 5, with “Full Spectrum Magic.”

On Thursday, July 12, “Twinkle Time” returns with a fun, high-energy family musical program. Kids and adults are invited to “tame” their curiosity about wildlife with “Wild Wonders” on Thursday, July 19. And on Thursday, July 26, prepare to be amazed by juggler Michael Raynor, whose performances have been described as “preposterous brilliance” and “wacky jugglement”!

Don’t miss a great Saturday program on July 21, from 11 am to noon featuring “The Magic of Rafael and Katia.” It combines magic, music, illusions, audience participation, and comedy.

Regular children’s programming continues in the summer. Check www.srfol.org for more exciting events!

Special Film Screening

Join Sustainable Scripps Ranch in the Community Room on Saturday, July 7, at 2:30 pm for a Garden Share, then stay for the screening of the film Symphony of the Soil at 3:30 pm. What a great opportunity to view this documentary that was a Critics’ Pick by The New York Times. It also was shown at the United Nations in New York City on World Soil Day, launching the UN International Year of the Soils!

Classes for Adults

Several classes are available at our library through a partnership with Continuing Ed. All classes are weekly and suggested for those 55+ but open to all over age 18. Register in class.

Japanese Brush Painting is a new class for adults on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm. Learn to play the piano on Wednesdays at 9:30 am. Check www.srfol.org or at the library for a complete calendar of classes.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Join the discussion on Wednesday, July 25, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for August is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Grace’s Book Nook

Thank you to everyone who shopped at our special book sale and to our fabulous volunteers who made it happen under the leadership of Marcia Gwin! You can find amazing bargains on nearly new and gently used books at Grace’s Book Nook. Open every day during library hours, it stocks a range of fiction and nonfiction for all ages and tastes, plus CDs, DVDs, and magazines—plus special duck food for our neighbors in Evans Pond.

Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are welcome. Please bring these to the library circulation desk.

Final Notes

The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. For library events, please allow a few extra minutes to park on Meanley Drive and walk up to the library.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Each spring the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) Scholarship Committee reviews applications from Scripps Ranch High School girls to pick their scholarship winners. This year the committee selected two girls to receive our annual scholarship of $1,000 each. Congratulations to Sabrina Drobeck and Selena Martinez! We send our best wishes to these outstanding young women!

Each month the SRWC hosts many activities including: bridge, bunco, enrichment outings, happy hours, coffees, and pre-theater parties. If the SRWC seems like a group that appeals to you, please contact our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 858-566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 858-271-5787. Also, visit www.srwomensclub.org for more information.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Scripps Ranch Unit

Congratulations to Cheryl Steinholt who was recognized by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) for her invaluable service to Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary (RCHA). She was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by SRCA President Bob Ilko.

RCHA celebrated its 65th anniversary at our June annual meeting, “Together We Can.” Significant fundraising achievements were shared, Year in Review highlights from units throughout San Diego were shown, and a passionate story of gratitude to the auxiliary was told by a parent whose daughter with special needs benefits from the many ways the auxiliary’s fundraising donations help at the hospital.

Our end of the year party was held at the home of our outgoing unit chair, Jan McGowan. We celebrated our 45th anniversary, as well as welcomed incoming chair, Janet Mebane.

Membership Drive: Please look for our RCHA signs in the driveway of Marilyn Tobin’s home across the street from Hoyt Park on the 4th of July for a special giveaway and membership information. We invite you to join us in our mission to advocate and FUNdraise for the hospital.

Friendships made are invaluable, and we know how to put the “fun” in fundraising! You also can email Marilyn Tobin at [email protected] or Elise Johnston at [email protected] for membership information and visit www.rchascrippsranch.com.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Congratulations to Lark Kwon Choi for presenting his tenth speech and successfully completing the Competent Communicator. Deborah Wright completed her Level 1 in Pathways. And Jen Roessling gave her first ice-breaker speech. All of these members are at different levels, yet each follows their own path through Toastmasters to become even better speakers and leaders.

Visit us to see which path works best for you. Drop by on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more details, email Janet Mebane at vpm-144[email protected] or visit www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch will hold its annual Salad Supper on Monday, July 9. This event celebrates summer fun, food, and friends. Some of us bring appetizers, some salads, and board members bring desserts. Always our most well-attended event of the year, the theme this summer is “Calendar Girls.” We will raffle off a number of gift baskets donated by members and interest groups.

The supper will be at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, at 5:30 pm. If you would like to join us at such an event or participate in our many groups, please call Thelest Stewart at 858-271-6092 or Becky McDonald at 858-578-5693. Also, visit www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Garden friends, we will be back at the Scripps Ranch Library for our July meeting. It will be on Tuesday, July 24, at 5:45 pm in the Community Room. Our topic and speaker had not been finalized as of press time. Please contact me at [email protected] for more information.

Louise Badham, President